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March 2017

Portland: “Make me Laugh: Satire in a Dangerous World” with Mark Russell and Gigi Little

March 7 @ 6:30 pm - 8:10 pm
The Old Church, Portland, 1422 SW 11th
Portland, OR 97201
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Make me Laugh: Satire in a Dangerous World It’s not easy making people laugh, especially with satire. You have to not only be aware of what people think is funny, you also have to know how far you can take a joke. Where is the point between laughter and shock? How can we engage humor, irony,…

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$10

Salem: “Crowd-fund Your Book: Using Kickstarter to Find Your Audience and Publish Your Work” with Emily Grosvenor

March 15 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Salem Public Library, 585 Liberty St SE
Salem, OR 97301 United States
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Kickstarter creator and author Emily Grosvenor walks you through the process of refining your book idea for the marketplace, identifying your audiences, launching your book project on Kickstarter, and making collaborative art creation work for you. About Our Speaker - ​Emily Grosvenor ​Emily Grosvenor is the author of Tessalation!, a children's math picture book funded by…

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Newport: “The Famous Recipe: Building a Memoir” with Floyd Skloot

March 19 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Newport Public Library, 35 NW Nye Street
Newport, OR 97365
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On Sunday, March 19, from 2-4 p.m. the Coast Chapter will host Floyd Skloot at the Newport Public Library. This talk will focus on the way Floyd Skloot built one of his prize-winning essays, "The Famous Recipe," and also how that essay in turn became a key part of building his book Revertigo: An Off-Kilter Memoir. Along…

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$10

Corvallis: WWotR’s Quarterly Reading

March 27 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Corvallis First Presbyterian Church, Dennis Hall, 114 SW 8th St.
Corvallis, OR 97333 United States
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You wrote it... You sweated over it... Now read it aloud! at Willamette Writers on the River’s Spring Reading Sign up to read your own work to a live audience!   Monday, March 27, 2017 6:30–8:30 PM (sign-up starts at 6:15) First Presbyterian Church, Alison Hall Corvallis, OR Use 9th St. Parking Lot Entrance  …

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April 2017
$10

Southern Oregon: Adding Humor to your Writing with Mark Saunders

April 1
Central Point City Hall Council Chambers, 140 S. Third Street
Central Point, OR
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Rescheduled due to popular demand! On Saturday, April 1st, 2017, at the Central Point City Hall Council Chambers, Southern Oregon Willamette Writers will host published author and accomplished speaker Mark Saunders, who will present "Adding humor to Your Writing." Morning session: “15 Ways of Adding Humor to your Writing” 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. (free for members,…

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$10

Portland: “Why Characters Do What They Do” with Jessica Morrell

April 4 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Old Church, Portland, 1422 SW 11th
Portland, OR 97201
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Jessica Morrell on Character

Join Willamette Writers on Tuesday, April 4th to hear workshop leader and author Jessica Morrell explore Why Characters Do What They Do. Motivations & stakes drive characters to act, risk, and land in lots of trouble. They reveal and distinguish characters, create drama, and propel growth.  Motivation stems from characters’ traits, beliefs, values and unconscious drives.…

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$10

Eugene: “Crowdfunding for Authors” with Susan DeFreitas

April 6 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Tsunami Books, Eugene, 2585 Willamette St.
Eugene, OR 97405
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You've heard of authors who've successfully employed crowdfunding to launch books and build their readership. But which platform is right for you? Kickstarter? Indiegogo? GoFundMe? Patreon? And what are the benefits and drawbacks of each? Author and freelance editor Susan DeFreitas offers insight into the dizzying array of options available, drawing upon both her own…

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Newport: Personal Essay Workshop with Karen Karbo

April 9 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Newport Public Library, 35 NW Nye Street
Newport, OR 97365
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Note: This Meeting is on Sunday, April 9, and not on our usual 3rd weekend Karen Karbo, author of multiple award-winning novels, memoirs and works of non-fiction, will discuss the art of the personal essay at the April 9 meeting of Willamette Writers Coast Chapter. The meeting takes place from 2 to 4 p.m. at…

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$10

Corvallis: “Poems in Between: The Poetry Writing Process” with Henry Hughes

April 24 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Corvallis First Presbyterian Church, Dennis Hall, 114 SW 8th St.
Corvallis, OR 97333 United States
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Henry Hughes will discuss his poetry writing process, beginning with early morning drafting and continuing with rewriting and revising between the duties and events of the day. “I keep poem drafts with me all day,” Hughes says. “And when there’s some time between things, I take them out and work on them.” He’ll also talk…

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Salem: “Using Short Stories to Market Yourself as a Writer” with Sarina Dorie

April 26 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Salem Public Library, 585 Liberty St SE
Salem, OR 97301 United States
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On Wednesday, April 26, Willamette Writers Salem hosts Sarina Dorie who will discuss using short stories to market yourself as a writer. Sarina will share her experiences after selling over a hundred short stories to magazines and anthologies.

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